the threat

you can end it before a kiss
you can end it after a kiss
you can end it during a kiss
just pull your tongue out
and snap your dreams in your feedbag
close the door on the three-legged myth
send it limping home
send it in a sidecar
motorcycle
down the leather highway
with no helmut
no seatbelt
blind inside its own screaming hair
you can end it
the power is sleeping
inside your lips
whatever they may be doing
you can end it
and i can take it
take its burnt carcass
and throw it in the wasted river
take it
choked placenta
raw tulip
aborted rain
and it won’t matter
what i do with it
go ahead
end it
end it during this kiss
end it with my thigh in your hand
end it in the middle
of this slow dance
that old catbird will still talk too much
lunch will still be served
go ahead
end it
i’m waiting
i’m waiting with my swollen raincloud
my warm lips and my spiral notebooks
you can end it
you can do it
you can end it during this kiss

wendy shaffer

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One thought on “the threat

  1. Alex says:

    Yep, you got the Force goin’ in this one.
    Oh, yeah…

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